Talk about multi talented person… Christopher Crosby Morris (born 1946) is an American author of fiction and non-fiction, as well as a lyricist, musical composer, and singer-songwriter. He is married to author Janet Morris. He is a defense policy and strategy analyst and a principal in M2 Technologies, Inc. He writes primarily as Chris Morris, a shortened form of his name, but occasionally uses pseudonyms.
Guess, where this bio is from? FROM WIKIPEDIA! Yes, Chris Morris can be found there! Can you see my jealous greenish face? That is a goal I want to achieve!
Here are several links where to find out more about Chris:
Heroes in hell Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_in_Hell
Chris Morris Wikipeda page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Morris_(author)
Perseid Press website: theperseidpress.com
Chris has two FB pages:
And a Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/christopher-morris
Since I have Chris on my couch, I thought I’d grill him with a couple of questions… Chris, why did you choose to write in this genre?
When Janet’s first book, High Couch of Silistra led to an invitation to attend the 1975 Nebula Awards banquet, I was listening carefully when Isaac Asimov used his time at the podium to admonish all present not to unwittingly relegate themselves to a literary ghetto labeled sci-fi; “At this rate, they’ll soon be calling us ‘sci-fi-wri,’” he quipped, but went on to explain that the reason this particular group of talents had gravitated to this community was because in the main we didn’t really fit any bricks-and-mortar floor plan of words for sale and were the vanguard of a freer literary movement, encompassing any and all topics in any format, from comics to movies, from engineering to divinity, from pulp to ambrosia for the literati. I quickly concluded that if those were the rules, I was home.
Do you believe in destiny?
I believe in words. Destiny excites me as a word and stimulates hours of musing on its meaning to me and others who use it; like “eternity,” it’s supremely inclusive of the unknowable aspects of (im)mortality and beckons from the unformed areas of the mystery becoming. Yes, I believe in destiny; it’s a tantalizingly porous boundary to probing consciousness, relevant regardless of temporality, the “path of the path” so to speak. Now “fate” is a little different…
I’d want to be a perfecting being, like Niko in our Sacred Band series, whose “super power” is the ability to isolate and prosper the balancing aspect of conflict in service to nature, whose every movement gracefully struggles to take care of what is. In Doctors in Hell, Altos, perdition’s only volunteer angel, is my character. His mission is to rehab Satan. Although his task is monumentally difficult, he manages to make infinitesimal progress without evoking Sisyphean sympathies. I would be a supernatural character like Altos. Luckily I’m a natural character.
Haha! Do you do a lot of researching before starting to write or do you go with the flow and check the details (if doing so) later?
I recently completed my first sixty-nine years of research. A pleasure of writing is to portray the depth and breadth of the human condition as one has found it; and for that I religiously consult any and all data accreting to my years. I think a story earns its “verisimilitude badge” from candor regarding one’s own experience, especially the instances of less than stellar accomplishment. Anything historically based should be capable of rigorous factual support.
What was the hardest part of writing your books and stories?
Deep sigh…I’m so with you on this one…editing is a nightmare for me! Have you ever had a writer’s block and if yes, how did you make it go away?
Not yet. But we have Marlowe and Shakespeare deal with a case of it in Doctors in Hell.
Yes, I know! What do you do in your spare time?
Recently I’ve been listening to Joey Alexander on YouTube.
Your favorite person?
We’re all in this together.
So I could be your favorite person too? Yes, he definitely means that 🙂 If you could go back in time, what would you say to your younger version?
“You’re doing great; you’re going to love what’s coming.”
That’s a great pep talk everyone should give themselves once in a while! What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
That I don’t write enough.
Yes, I’ve heard that too…one reader asked me the day after one of my book was published when is the next part coming out…next month? Well… What has been the best compliment?
That I don’t write enough.
Lol! What is ‘the thing’ that separates you from others writing in the same genre?
I’m a lyricist. Lyrics often compel one to say a lot in as little space as possible and in a musical, flowing way. I intuitively strive to do that and I think it imparts an ingenuous quality to my words that readers find appealing and I find…musical.
That is definitely unique! Why should people buy your books?
People should buy my books to ignite their imaginations.
If you could meet one ‘celebrity’ author who would it be and why?
Shakespeare. I think some of his stuff could use a good editor and our dialog leading up to the arrangement would be for the ages.
Do you have any words of wisdom for the other writers?
When you hear it, and only when you hear it, start writing it down.
Amen to that! The quick ones…
I love…the journey.
Favorite person? Janet Morris
Favorite creature? Tailer Morris
Night or day? All the “above.”
Cat or dog? Dog.
I believe…this is just the very beginning.
And that it is! Thank you so much for being with us today, Chris! I wish all the best for your future and hope that we will have a chance to read lots and lots of new stories from you!